Pastor Craig Groeschel says this routinely:
When the Pastor who has built the largest church in the country from the ground up gives you very clear clues on how to make your own success, you listen.
When’s the last time you did something that required faith? That required you to depend on God or lean on God to get through it?
Personally, I know exactly when that is something I’m doing. It’s when you’ll hear me blaring Chris Tomlin in my radio. I have the physical need to sing out:
I know who goes before me, I know who stands behind, the God of angel armies is always on my side.
Yes, if you hear me belting that out it’s because I need an injection of faith for what I’m about to do.
On the secular side, jumping outside of your comfort zone is always worth it. Growth is always worth it. It doesn’t make it easy. And that first step can be terrifying.
But just think about what’s come next each time you did it?
- Landing in the pool after jumping off the diving board.
- Making a lifelong friendship that started with you awkwardly striking up a conversation
- Getting the job after that sweaty-palmed interview.
I remember the first day I taught PIYO (choreographed fitness class). I was literally shaking in fear. That was new for me, I’m not normally nervous. Or maybe I had just got used to being in the comfort zone.
Teaching PIYO was one of the greatest gifts ever though! Some amazing friendships began in PIYO, the skills I developed, the muscles I toned. It was totally worth that first shaking, heart pounding step!
When you add the element of faith in to stepping outside of your comfort zone, it gets really interesting. While stepping outside of your comfort zone and doing something that requires complete and utter faith is scary, it’s also gold. That’s because on the flip side, your faith grows. It’s like this awesome cycle of…awesomeness. Hear. Do. Survive & thrive. Faith grown. Then, the next time you hear, you have a little bit more faith to take that leap. Before you know it you’re doing incredible things for GOD! You’ve gotten kind of used to living in faith rather than living in fear.
I’m here to tell you friends, it’s an addictive feeling. It’s exhilarating. It’s rewarding because you are growing as a human and in your relationship with God. You’re also confirming what you’re hearing from God which, oh by the way, also grows your faith.
Recently, a few things I’ve done that required faith have been:
- Starting a new
- Moving across the country when I was totally and completely all set professionally, personally and family-ly.
- A job interview.
- Meeting with someone who would say yes or no to the vision I believed God had cast for my business.
- Paying off all my debt.
Today I took another step. I spoke to a group of women about willpower. Now, I talk about willpower all the time. But this was different because it was a group of women I’d never met, a group of women who might not even care what I had to say. But, the vision God’s given me requires refining my speaking skills. And the doors have opened with little effort, even though I could’ve stood a little more delay. So here I am. Rather, there I was. Again doing something I wasn’t good at or comfortable doing.
But I did it anyway. Christy Wright says we should “Do it scared.” The bible puts it this way:
So, tell me, what can you do today that requires faith? It certainly doesn’t have to be public speaking. Maybe it means giving in on an argument you know you’re right about but you’re hearing you should probably just let go. Maybe it means talking to that person who you can tell is down even though you don’t know them and you’re afraid you’ll look like some kind of creepy stalker. Maybe it means tithing at church. Whatever it is for you, I challenge you to grow your faith by using it today.